Supreme Court accepts first Indian law case in new conservative era
November 24, 2020
For the second time in as many years, the U.S. Supreme Court will be taking up a case that impacts the treaty rights of the Crow Tribe.
In an order on Friday, the justices agreed to hear United States v. Cooley. The case is the first Indian law dispute on the docket for the high court's current term, which began in October amid a major ideological battle that brought another conservative member to the bench.
But Cooley won't be the first time most of the justices have been called to examine the 1868 Treaty with the Crows. Two years ago, the court determined that the tribe's off-reservation hunting rights have never been abrogated.